Many people think that the soft drinks are bad for our health because they contain a great amount of sugar and calories, but no vitamins and nutrients. On the other hand, if you decide to cut down on soft drinks, you may be surprised to know that consuming some other drinks that are considered to be healthy, even increases the intake of sugar. The average soft drink contains approximately 40 grams of sugar and 150 calories. We are now introducing five drinks you would never consider as the harmful ones.
A cup of coffee contains a small amount of calories and it is considered to be more or less healthy. Nutritionally speaking it is not that bad if you add a little bit of whipped cream and a teaspoon of sugar in your coffee, but drinking some flavored coffees is the worst thing you can do to your body. Some coffees that contain milk are also consisted of various supplements and flavors which are completely unhealthy. For example, a cup of pumpkin spice coffee contains 300 calories, 11 grams of fat, 40 grams of carbohydrates and 38 grams of sugar. This kind of drink contains approximately the same amount of sugar as the soft drink, so instead of taking it, we suggest ordering a regular one, with or without milk.
Generally speaking kids like fruit juices because they like sugar. Many fruit juices are no better than the soft drinks, but because of being obtained from fruits, people are not that much strict regarding this type of drinks. For example, if you like orange juice (3.5 deciliter), be sure you will take vitamin C and at the same time 165 calories, 39 grams of carbohydrates and 33 grams of sugar into your body.
Lemonade contains almost the same level of sugar and calories as the soft drinks, so our recommendation for you is to drink a glass of water and eat fruits.
Thanks to lactose, 3.5 dl of regular milk contains 20 grams of sugar, but flavored milks such as banana or strawberry-flavored milks which contain 255 calories, 43 grams of carbohydrates and 42 grams of sugar are a real bomb for a human body.
A great amount of caffeine and sugar which are the basic ingredients of each energy drink may cause a shock to your body. Their main role is to keep you awake when you are feeling tired, but it is more likely that you are going to feel even more tired after having it.
Most of the energy drinks are similar to soft drinks regarding nutritive substances, but the main difference is a higher amount of caffeine. A can of this type of drink contains approximately 160 calories, 42 grams of carbohydrates and 41 grams of sugar.
Sweet iced tea
Besides many various herbal teas, such as black and green tea, unsweetened iced teas contain many benefits for our health because they are rich in antioxidants. However, those that are sold in cans and bottles are considered to be a potential danger to a human body. One of many popular restaurant chains serve iced tea in a mid-size teacup (3.5 dl) which contains 110 calories, 27 grams of carbohydrates and 27 grams of sugar.
When it comes to buying tea, it is recommended to pay attention to its ingredients because different teas are made in a different way. It is even better if you make tea yourself using fresh mint leaves because in that way you are going to get the healthiest tea version.